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Fernandez-Alvarez A.,Pablo De Olavide University | Fernandez-Alvarez A.,London Research Institute Cancer Research United Kingdom | Elias-Villalobos A.,Pablo De Olavide University | Jimenez-Martin A.,Pablo De Olavide University | And 3 more authors.
Plant Cell | Year: 2013

Secreted fungal effectors mediate plant-fungus pathogenic interactions. These proteins are typically N-glycosylated, a common posttranslational modification affecting their location and function. N-glycosylation consists of the addition, and subsequent maturation, of an oligosaccharide core in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and Golgi apparatus. In this article, we show that two enzymes catalyzing specific stages of this pathway in maize smut (Ustilago maydis), glucosidase I (Gls1) and glucosidase II β-subunit (Gas2), are essential for its pathogenic interaction with maize (Zea mays). Gls1 is required for the initial stages of infection following appressorium penetration, and Gas2 is required for efficient fungal spreading inside infected tissues. While U. maydis Δgls1 cells induce strong plant defense responses, Δgas2 hyphae are able to repress them, showing that slight differences in the N-glycoprotein processing can determine the extent of plant-fungus interactions. Interestingly, the calnexin protein, a central element of the ER quality control system for N-glycoproteins in eukaryotic cells, is essential for avoiding plant defense responses in cells with defective N-glycoproteins processing. Thus, N-glycoprotein maturation and this conserved checkpoint appear to play an important role in the establishment of an initial biotrophic state with the plant, which allows subsequent colonization. © 2013 American Society of Plant Biologists. All rights reserved.

Fraccaroli A.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Pitter B.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Taha A.A.,Institute of Anatomy and Vascular Biology | Seebach J.,Institute of Anatomy and Vascular Biology | And 9 more authors.
Circulation Research | Year: 2015

Rationale: Angiogenesis and vessel integrity depend on the adhesion of endothelial cells (ECs) to the extracellular matrix and to adjacent ECs. The focal adhesion protein α-parvin (α-pv) is essential for vascular development. However, the role of α-pv in ECs in vivo is not known. Objective: To determine the function of α-pv in ECs during vascular development in vivo and the underlying mechanisms. Methods and Results: We deleted the α-pv gene specifically in ECs of mice to study its role in angiogenesis and vascular development. Here, we show that endothelial-specific deletion of α-pv in mice results in late embryonic lethality associated with hemorrhages and reduced vascular density. Postnatal-induced EC-specific deletion of α-pv leads to retinal hypovascularization because of reduced vessel sprouting and excessive vessel regression. In the absence of α-pv, blood vessels display impaired VE-cadherin junction morphology. In vitro, α-pv-deficient ECs show reduced stable adherens junctions, decreased monolayer formation, and impaired motility, associated with reduced formation of integrin-mediated cell-extracellular matrix adhesion structures and an altered actin cytoskeleton. Conclusions: Endothelial α-pv is essential for vessel sprouting and for vessel stability. © 2015 The Authors.

Kogel T.,University of Bergen | Rudolf R.,The Interdisciplinary Center | Rudolf R.,Institute of Toxicology and Genetics | Hodneland E.,University of Bergen | And 5 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Neuropeptide- and hormone-containing secretory granules (SGs) are synthesized at the trans-Golgi network (TGN) as immature secretory granules (ISGs) and complete their maturation in the F-actin-rich cell cortex. This maturation process is characterized by acidification-dependent processing of cargo proteins, condensation of the SG matrix and removal of membrane and proteins not destined to mature secretory granules (MSGs). Here we addressed a potential role of Rab3 isoforms in these maturation steps by expressing their nucleotide-binding deficient mutants in PC12 cells. Our data show that the presence of Rab3D(N135I) decreases the restriction of maturing SGs to the F-actin-rich cell cortex, blocks the removal of the endoprotease furin from SGs and impedes the processing of the luminal SG protein secretogranin II. This strongly suggests that Rab3D is implicated in the subcellular localization and maturation of ISGs. © 2013 Kögel et al.

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